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, remembering very fondly. he created one of television's most iconic characters j.r. ewing on the longtime drama "dallas." a rather nasty guy that people loved to hate. before that, he played a nice guy, captain tony nelson on "i dream of jeannie." he appeared here on "today" last june, and we'll have a look back at his life and career next. >> a legend, absolutely. >>> it is the day after black friday and people were going crazy hunting for bargains, so as you do your shopping this weekend, we'll reveal some ingenious tricks retailers use to get you to spend more and more of your hard-earned cash. >>> speaking of shopping, today is small business saturday. a day for you to support the local mom and pop shops in your town. you can do it every day, of course. something very important to new york city mayor michael bloomberg, who will join us to talk about it in our next half hour. >>> then an unusual punishment for a convicted killer in oklahoma. a teenager was sentenced to spend ten years in church after pleading guilty to manslaughter. the ruling has sparked a legal dispute and we'll hear
. in tonight for don lemon. on television he was the man that everybody loved to hate. j.r. ewing on the hit series "there's a." larry hagman has died in a texas hospital. he 81 years old. he was battling cancer for several years. >>> investigators trying to figure out the source of a gas explosion that damaged more than 40 buildings in springfield, massachusetts. a wwwlp camera captured the moment of blast. they had evacuated some residents after receiving reports of a gas smell. >>> emergency at the u.s. state department. fire trucks raced to the department headquarters in washington shortly before noon. a flash fire as it's described in the duct work of the building forced everyone to evacuate and sent three people to hospital one in serious condition. construction workers were among the few people in the building because of the holiday weekend. >>> 38 days now before the fiscal cliff. lawmakers return to work monday trying to cut a deal. if congress and president obama fail to reach an agreement massive tax cuts and spending cuts automatically kick in january 1. anti-tax crusader slammin
. >> reporter: as wheeler-dealer oil man j.r. ewing, hagman ruled over the southfork ranch and the tv ratings for 13 years beginning in the spring of 1978. >> tramp. name of the game is huge. you're destroying everything that daddy spent his life. >> reporter: episode after episode the duplicitous j.r. schemed and double-crossed his way to the top. until in the cliff-hanger season finale in the spring of 1980 somebody in his inner circle had had enough. (gunfire). dallas fans spent an entire summer asking themselves the question, who shot j.r.? it was a testament to the acting abilities of the real larry hagman. the son of singer mary martin, larry hagman's own career was launched in the 1960s with a role at astronaut anthony nelson in the sit-com i dream of jeannenie opposite barbara eden playing the part of the jeannenie. >> i must have gone further into orbit than i thought. >> osgood: though other tv and film roles followed, it was dallas that put him on the map. >> get me the police. reporter: when the identity of j.r.'s assailant was revealed in november of 1980, as many as 83 million p
their respects and to remember the man who was more than just tv's j.r. ewing. >> he was also very giving, particularly to the underprivileged youth in the community. he had several different programs he helped with, particularly children in the arts and education. >> we thought he was appropriate to come here and pay our respects. we grow up and remember the show. we showed j.r. and all that. >> it's sad. it's really sad. don't make me cry. >> well, you know the christmas song "harp the herald angels sing?" it could be completely wrong. at least according to the pope's new book. wait until you hear what else he says is wrong about christmas. the usual, bob? not today. [ male announcer ] bob has afib: atrial fibrillation not caused by a heart valve problem, a condition that puts him at greater risk for a stroke. [ gps ] turn left. i don't think so. [ male announcer ] for years, bob took warfarin, and made a monthly trip to the clinic to get his blood tested. but not anymore. bob's doctor recommended a different option: once-a-day xarelto®. xarelto® is the first and only once-a-day presc
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